There’s nothing worse than waking up sweating on a humid summer morning, then continuing to sweat throughout the day, no matter how much we crank the air conditioning. Fortunately, there’s a quick and delicious fix: Start your day with a smoothie. The chilly sip will cool you down instantly, plus deliver a delicious breakfast guaranteed to power you through any sweat-inducing activities or challenges you face throughout the day.

 

If you like strawberry…

 

Strawberry-Banana Burst                          

Serves: 1

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries

1 ripe banana

1 cup milk of your choice

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Ice

 

Instructions:

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and fill with ice. Blend until smooth and serve.

 

Bonus! Adding protein powder to your smoothie is a study-proven way to fire up metabolism. Starting your day with protein has been shown to double calorie burn and increase levels of the hormones that suppress cravings and keep you full, so you snack less throughout the day.

 

If you like apple…

 

Apple-Kiwi Wonder                                     

Serves: 1

 

Ingredients:

 

½ green apple, cored and roughly chopped

2 kiwis, peeled and chopped

2 cups fresh spinach

½ avocado

1 cup apple juice

Ice

 

Instructions:

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and fill with ice. Blend until smooth and serve.

 

Bonus! Blending avocado into this smoothie gives it an ultra smooth and creamy texture, plus delivers a variety of health benefits. This source of healthy fats contains nutrients that improve focus and alertness, boost mood, balance blood sugar and increase fat burn.

 

 

If you like pineapple…

 

Pineapple-Mango Passion                           

 

Serves: 1

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple chunks

1 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks

1 container vanilla Greek yogurt

Ice

Milk of your choice, if needed

 

Instructions:

 

Combine first 3 ingredients in a blender and fill with ice. Blend until smooth; if too thick, add milk to thin out. Serve.

 

Bonus! Greek yogurt not only delivers creaminess and protein to your morning sip, but also a dose of probiotics. These healthy bacteria that live in your gut influence nearly all the processes in your body, from your immune system to your digestive system to fat burning. Filling your gut with healthy ones, like those in Greek yogurt, will help these systems run more smoothly.

 

Do you like to start your summer days with a smoothie? Snap a photo of your go-to sip and post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tagging Power for Life Fitness and your apartment building. We’ll send you a list of five health-boosting smoothie add-ins!

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